For many people, their car is a second home. You never expect something bad to happen while you’re driving from point A to point B, but it is always a possibility.

There’s nothing worse than being caught in an emergency without the tools you need to help make it through. Obviously, it’s impossible to prepare for every single eventuality, but there are a few staples you should keep on hand.

Cellphone/Cellphone Charger

This one is a no-brainer and it’s probably something you have in your car already. All the same, it is extremely important you have the use of your cell phone. You never know how long you might be stranded or stuck in an unfavorable position. A cell phone doesn’t only provide communication. It can be used as a flashlight, research resource, even entertainment to help calm a stressful situation.

First Aid Kit

Don’t get me wrong. You don’t have to have a mobile hospital in your car, just a few things to treat minor injuries. When you think of a first aid kit, you probably imagine the fancy red or white boxes with the medical cross on them. Those are great if that’s what you want to do. But a plastic bag with pain reliever, bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze, and medical tape is more than adequate. If someone in your family needs insulin, an EpiPen, or an inhaler, throw a spare in there too.

Jumper Cables

If you’ve ever experienced the joy of being away from home with a car that won’t start, you’ll have no problem understanding why keeping cables in your car is a good idea. Instead of flagging down a Good Samaritan and hoping that they have cables as well as a kind heart, you can come to the situation already prepared. Actually, if you want to cut out the search for a kind-hearted stranger (which can sadly be difficult to find), there are units that generate enough charge to get your car started without a car to car jump. Get a good one though; some of the cheaper ones don’t work as well.

A Spare Tire

By spare tire, we mean a whole tire changing kit. You’ll need a jack and a wrench too. Not sure how to change a tire? That’s actually something you should probably look up (you’re welcome). Also, remember that cell phone you have that has access to all the recorded information currently known to humanity…unless your service is weak? That might help too.

Duct Tape

If there’s a problem that can’t be fixed with duct tape, you aren’t using enough duct tape. That is all. (This is only like 85% a joke)

Water and Non-Perishable Food

This follows the whole “You might be trapped for a long time” line of thinking. It’s not a happy thought, but it can happen. Having water can be a literal lifesaver. As for food, you don’t want to keep old cheeseburgers or anything like that in the trunk…That’s disgusting. However, protein or energy bars are a great idea. They pack a big punch in a small package and most of them have questionably long shelf lives.

The list is probably much longer than this, but these are some of the essentials. You never know what can happen. It’s better to have these things and not need them than need them and not have them.